Otis Houston Jr., The Thangofmajig, 2018, Mixed media found and altered objects), 26.75 x 38 x 14.5 in, Courtesy Gordon Robichaux, NY. Photo: Gregory Carideo

Sound & Vision: Otis Houston Jr., Dean Spunt, Frederick Weston

Performance and Record Release

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 6:30 pm

In conjunction with Souls Grown Diaspora

Sound & Vision provides a platform to artists working with both visual art and music in contemporary art, visionary art, and the space in between. For this closing event, organized with Gordon Robichaux, Otis Houston Jr., Dean Spunt, Frederick Weston will perform short overlapping sets. The record release and performances will be the closing party for Souls Grown Diaspora and also kick off the collaboration between Houston Jr. and Spunt who will record new music in Los Angeles in March 2020. Concurrently Frederick Weston’s work will be at the Independent Art Fair, NY March 5-8.

Otis Houston Jr., born 1954 in Greenville, SC, lives and works in East Harlem, New York. Houston Jr. is a self-taught artist who began making art after taking an art class while incarcerated. Since 1997, he has maintained an ongoing presence under the Triborough Bridge on the FDR Drive where he presents impromptu performances and a site-specific installation of signage and sculptures. Houston has exhibited his work at Gordon Robichaux, Room East, Socrates Sculpture Park (curated by Chelsea Spengemann) and CANADA in New York and at Cave in Detroit (in collaboration with Miles Huston). Profiles of the artist have appeared in ARTnews, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Gradient, and Contemporary Art Daily. Images and videos of his work taken by daily commuters and passersby populate numerous blogs and YouTube. Houston's album of original songs, America, was released in 2006 on iTunes. BLACK CHEROKEE, a twenty-two minute documentary directed by Sam Cullman and Benjamin Rosen, was released in 2012.

Dean Allen Spunt is a musician and artist from Los Angeles. He runs his Post Present Medium record label and is one half of the punk band No Age which has toured the world and played at MoMA (New York), The ICA (London) and The Hammer Museum (Los Angeles). Along with his contributor in No Age, Spunt has scored several projects including a film for fashion label Rodarte, wrote and performed the score for Hedi Slimane's solo show at MOCA (Los Angeles) and released a limited audio cassette with The Thing (San Francisco). His solo performances have been performed at multiple venues including The ICA (Philadelphia), Public Fiction (Los Angeles) Performa 13 (New York), Kunsthalle Athena (Athens) and Kunstverein (Amsterdam) and Gordon Robichaux (New York).

Frederick Weston was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1946, and raised in Detroit, Michigan, where he participated in the club scene before moving to New York City in the mid-1970s. He is a self-taught interdisciplinary artist who works in varied media: collage, drawing, sculpture, photography, performance, and creative writing. Weston has exhibited his work widely, including group exhibitions in New York at the Leslie-Lohman Museum, Gordon Robichaux, 55 Walker, La MaMa Galleria, and the Bureau of General Services, as well as at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. He has spoken on numerous panels and readings organized by Visual AIDS, as well as at Artists Space, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the College Art Association of America. In 2017, an oral history with Weston by Theodore Kerr was published by the Smithsonian Archives of American Art for Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project. His work has been lauded by Holland Cotter in The New York Times on two occasions and by Jerry Saltz in New York Magazine's Vulture.